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  • אַשְׁקְלוֹן
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259ʔašqlon
 • Transleet.Ašqəlon
 • Forby speltAshqelon (offeecial)
Official logo of Ashkelon
Ashkelon is located in Israel
Coordinates: 31°40′N 34°34′E / 31.667°N 34.567°E / 31.667; 34.567Coordinates: 31°40′N 34°34′E / 31.667°N 34.567°E / 31.667; 34.567
 • TeepCeety
 • MayorBenny Vaknin
 • Total47.788 km2 (18.451 sq mi)
 • Total130,660
 • Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)

Ashkelon (also Ashqelon and Ascalon) (Hebrew: אַשְׁקְלוֹןAboot this soond(audio) ; Arabic: عسقلان (ˁAsqalān)‎; Laitin: Ascalonia; Akkadian: Isqalluna) is a coastal ceety in the Sooth Destrict o Israel on the Mediterranean coast, 50 kilometres (31 mi) sooth o Tel Aviv, an 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north o the border wi the Gaza Strip. The auncient seaport o Ashkelon dates back tae the Neolithic Age. In the course o its history, it haes been ruled bi the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Israelites, the Assiries, the Babylonians, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Persians, the Egyptians an the Crusaders, till it wis destroyed bi the Mamluks in 1270. The Arab veelage o al-Majdal (Arabic: المجدل‎, Hebrew: אל-מג'דל, מגדל‎‎), wis established nearbi in the 16t century, unner Ottoman rule. In 1918, Ashkelon became pairt o the Breetish Mandate for Palestine. In the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Majdal wis the forrit position o the Egyptian Expeditionary Force based in Gaza.[2] The veelage wis occupee'd bi Israeli forces on November 5, 1948, bi which time maist o the Arab population o 11,000 haed been forced tae leave. In 2015 the population o Ashkelon wis 130,660.

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Ashkelon is twinned wi:


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  1. "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. "''Eretz'' magazine, archaeological sites in Israel". Eretz.com. 5 November 1948. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  3. "Association of twinnings and international relations of Aix-en-Provence". Aix-jumelages.com. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  4. Mairie of Aix-en-Provence - Twinnings and partnerships Archived 2009-01-13 at the Wayback Machine

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